Title: Weekend Holiday (Buchanan House #5)
Author: Charley Descoteaux
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 16, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary love, second chance, starting over, short story
Page Count: 125 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Ryan Orchard moved from small-town Idaho to Portland almost two years ago and still feels like a hick. When Paulie Nesbitt dumped him, he wasn’t even surprised. Despite losing twenty-five pounds since then, Ryan’s confidence is nonexistent, and his life has stalled. Not only is he convinced the career he wants is beyond his reach, he’s given up on relationships. A new job at a familiar restaurant—and his gorgeous coworker—could be just what Ryan needs to believe in himself again.
Glenn Hernandez might be the only nineteen-year-old in Portland who dreads his days off. Between his horrible housing situation and the ever-present temptation to crawl back into the bottle, Glenn prefers to keep busy. He volunteers at the Elliott Foundation House, a homeless shelter helping LGBTQ former sex workers. As an alum of the shelter himself, Glenn finds it hard to leave his past behind. But when the new server at the trendy restaurant where he works catches Glenn’s eye and works his way into his heart, Glenn finally has a reason to start a new life.
I know that from reading the inscription that Charley left before this book began that this book was never intended to be written. I am glad that it was written, it would have been a real shame to not these two men’s stories. It is considered to be a short story compared to the other books in this series but it still made an impact.
Both Glenn and Ryan have not had it easy. Both have very different stories about their backgrounds but in other ways their stories are similar. Both Glenn and Ryan were disowned by their families when they came out about their sexuality. And both men are still hurting from the lose they felt when they was disowned but that is where their similarities in their backgrounds end.
Glenn was caught at a much younger age the Ryan. When it became clear that he was gay his step father sent him packing. Glenn did exactly what he had to do to survive and he did survive but not without some major guilt and trust issues.
Ryan just recently came out as bisexual to his family and needless to say his father did not take it well at all. Ryan is having a really hard time with reconciling the fact his father is basically trying to make him choose instead of accepting him.
With all that they both been through they are both standoffish but at the same time drawn to one another. I think it took the weekend at Buchanan house for both men to make some really tough decisions.
This book in a lot of ways made me sad but in others it made me happy too. I was sad for everything both men had to go through but I was happy because they may have been to hell and back but they are still fighting and standing. They now have one another to lean on and to help the other through the tough times and to love with all that they are. This was a really good read and I am glad Charley wrote this book. I actually wish it would have been a little longer but regardless of that it was a great read.